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7-18-2009 @ 6:46PM
Excellent column as always, with some really good advice. Now that I'm getting ready to level my third (!) mage, I would add that Outlands instancing is especially attractive for any cloth wearer these days given the overabundance of DKs out there. Of course, Hellfire Peninsula is the new Barrens so you're really looking at a crap shoot for pug quality. But if you can grin and bear it, you can pretty much walk away with any caster gear that drops. And it really is worth it, particularly if you can get your hands on socketed gear--slap some Northrend gems in those and some of them can last you well into your 70s, or at least until you start running NR instances.The only other thing I have to add is really for all classes: don't be afraid to ask questions, or take constructive criticism when it's offered in a polite way. Mages in particular seem to be deceptively easy to run, especially with the nerfs to BC content, and lately I've seen a lot of fail mages in OL pugs. I was tanking an SP+Underbog run on my DK recently, with a frost mage who geared like a holy priest and was using Blizzard on single targets. And using AE, a lot. There really seemed to be no rhyme or reason to what he was doing, and he was what I like to call a dartboard spec (close your eyes and throw darts at a tree). I politely whispered him with some suggestions to improve his dps (which was hovering at around 350) and he totally flipped out on me, saying I didn't know shit because I was a "Death Knoob" etc. I let him know I've been a frost mage for a long time, raided all through BC as one, etc and am really familiar with the class, but he was still assy about it and refused to take any advice. I have no doubt that this guy will be pulling 700 in VoA at 80 and then wonder why people kick him.
7-18-2009 @ 10:04PM
Heck my shaman used the healing cloth gloves from blood furnace w/some northrend gems in them till he replaced them w/starter zone quests out there. Same w/the kilt from ramparts and I may still be wearing the socketed belt. Several nice pieces in thsoe first 2 instances can last for freakin ever thanks to those sockets
7-18-2009 @ 10:16PM
I was recently stunned at a level 80 mage i saw in the bank in dalaran...with a shiny purple staff full of stamina, agility, and attack power. I thought it was a joke at first because...well... Then I looked at her talent trees and kinda threw up in my mouth a little. I let the people in guild chat know about this because, hey, everyone can use a good laugh now and then. But I was afraid to say anything to this mage directly because of what you describe (I think I was on my pally at the time, but my mage is my main). I've tried very gently to hint at improvements to other mages before "hi, do you find the extra armor from arcane fortitude to be much help?" to engage a discussion on picking talents and gotten chewed out for my trouble. So...I don't try anymore (unsolicited anyway).
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